I am officially an adult this morning! I am also graduating next weekend. So I decided to share my graduation speech with y’all. Here it is. Enjoy and God bless!
Today I am not going to talk much about my past, but my future. My past has formed me, yeah, but it’s not my sole focus. My focus is on the future. My focus is on the plan God has for me and the road He is leading me on. Right now that appears to be youth ministry.
I have felt the calling to youth for a long time. Currently I have a blog for Christians 12 and up called We are Young Theologians or WAYT. My hope is that one day I will be able to start a youth ministry called WAYT for teens and young adults in the Orangeburg/Calhoun area. It will provide a loving, Christian environment along with meals and study help for those who need it. But until then I am going to work on preparing for that time. My life verse is 1 Timothy 4:12 which says, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” I want to do big things for God and nothing is going to stop me.
God has given me a gift for writing that I want to use for His glory. So at the end of August I will be starting college at Bob Jones University to get a degree in English with a focus on creative writing. I will also be minoring in ministry. I plan on honing in on my God-given talents while I am at BJU. Along with writing and ministry I’m going to take some music classes.
I have had a love for music for a long time. It makes me so very happy. I play guitar and ukulele and I write my own songs. There is a song I love by my favorite band, Need to Breathe, called Garden that really inspires me. The chorus says, “Let the songs I sing bring joy to You. Let the words I say confess my love. Let the notes I choose be Your favorite tune. Father let my heart be after You.” I want every song I sing and word I write to bring glory to God. That is my life’s calling.
It is a very scary idea to be heading out into the real world in a few months. I’m going to college and leaving my family and friends. It is a bit nerve racking. But I know that God is calling me to do three things: youth ministry, writing, and music. I made a vow to God to do whatever He might call me to do. This is the prayer I wrote that night two years ago.
Jesus, You know my heart, my actions, my words. You know I am a follower, not just a fan. I gave my life to You almost ten years ago. I haven’t looked back. I went through trials and tribulations but I always came out stronger. Thank You for that Lord. Thank you. Whatever you ask of me I will do. You know that for sure. Again, tonight, I give-no-pledge my heart to You. Use me for Your will, Jesus, not mine.
Since then God has opened many doors for me and has been pointing me in the right direction. And I trust Him to lead me where I need to go. I try to live by the words of Audrey Hepburn when she said, “The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present, and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.” So here I go, stepping out into a new part of my life. And I am going to trust and follow God through this and every season that comes along. And I shall succeed in what God wants me to do. One of my amazing friends, who wishes to stay unnamed, wrote this which inspires me greatly. “Define succeed. To try in its own right is to succeed. Not everyone’s willing to go far enough to put forth an effort so if you do, especially if you give it everything, you’ve already succeeded.”